Saturday, 22 August 2009

Hit and run

A CYCLIST was thrown 30ft from his bicycle when he was hit by a vehicle near Snitterfield, this morning (Friday). The driver failed to stop, “leaving the cyclist for dead”. The 42-year-old man who was wearing a high-visibility reflective jacket, was believed to be cycling to work, when the incident happened on the southbound carriageway of the A46, near the Snitterfield turning, shortly before 5am.

He suffered a serious head injury, broken collar bone and severe abrasions, and was taken to Warwick Hospital by West Midlands Ambulance Service. The impact of the crash had thrown the cyclist 30ft into the middle of the road. His helmet and trainers were also thrown off in the impact.

PC Pat Kearney from the Operations Task Force, which includes roads policing, is investigating the crash and said: “This driver would undoubtedly be aware they had hit the cyclist. The driver has then driven off leaving the cyclist for dead, lying in the middle of the carriageway.

However even if caught and successfully prosecuted, you can be quite certain that the guilty driver will not be banned from driving for life but allowed back on the roads.